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Thank you all for your thoughts! My husband is Scottish, and we lived in Scotland for 8 years (just moved back to the USA last year). I was in my early 20's when I left, so I am still getting used to American naming trends. I was surprised by some of them, particularly names that I thought of as masculine that are now being used for girls. If Emery sounds feminine, I'd like to hear people's reactions if we named our son Ainslie, like my husband wanted to do! Ainslie Harriet is a famous, very MALE TV chef in the UK! BUT, we don't live in the UK now, so it's not really relevant that McKenzie, Ashley, Ainslie, etc. are used for boys over there. We are here now! I must admit to being a little squeamish at the thought of my son being mistaken for a girl. Our first son is Findlay, which is a very old Scottish name, a sort of staple in the list of Scottish boys' names, like Duncan, Hamish, Fraser, Ewan, but the ONLY other Findlays I've read about in the US have been girls--though spelled Finley or Fin-lee. Still, I don't like it! So I will have to give Emory some thought . . . It seems like a lot of names beginning with vowels that sound literary or Celtic have been snatched for girls, even if they used to be for boys. Any other suggestions? Other ones we thought of, but have put aside for various reasons, were Archie, Alfie, Charlie, Elliot . . . Would be so much easier if I WERE having a girl! I have lots of pretty names for girls! Anyway, would welcome name suggestions and more thoughts on Emery/Emory too.
My first association with the name Auden is the British author, W.H. Auden. Google him! Secondly, it brings to mind the name Austen. So, masculine, easy to pronounce, somewhat literary and British sounding to me! But my husband is Scottish and we just moved back to the US after 8 yrs in Scotland, so I am finding that I view baby names differently, with a British perspective, so my view may not be the average American one you are looking for!
As a mom of 2 boys, with another boy on the way, I am disappointed by the trend of naming girls boys' names. I feel my list of options has shrunk while the list for girls is ever-growing. But you can understand why I come from this perspective! If I ever have a girl, I will want her name to be as pretty and feminine as possible! But of the two names you suggested, I do prefer Oakley. And I think Oakleigh looks more feminine of the two. It is probably less likely that your daugther be confused with a boy than if she had the name Jackson.